Women and Human Development by Martha C. Nussbaum
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In this major book Martha Nussbaum, one of the most innovative and influential philosophical voices of our time, proposes a new kind of feminism that is genuinely international, argues for an ethical underpinning to all thought about development planning and public policy, and dramatically moves beyond the abstractions of economists and philosophers to embed thought about justice in the concrete reality of the struggles of poor women. Nussbaum argues that international political and economic thought must be sensitive to gender difference as a problem of justice, and that feminist thought must begin to focus on the problems of women in the third world. Taking as her point of departure the predicament of poor women in India, she shows how philosophy should undergird basic constitutional principles that should be respected and implemented by all governments, and used as a comparative measure of quality of life across nations.

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Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many publications is Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (OUP 1990).
Published March 13, 2000 by Cambridge University Press. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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But even when Third World women largely defend the discriminatory practices of their culture, Nussbaum shows again and again "how resourceful deeply religious women and men can be in adapting the religion's moral understanding to a changing reality."

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